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S_TRA_2021A 05/18/2021 02:23:46 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date 05/18/2021
Attendance
Coram X
Donovan *
Hisey X
Scott *
Zenzinger *
Pettersen X
Winter X
Time 02:23:46 PM to 03:30:20 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Winter
This Report was prepared by Annie Kitch
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1253 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB21-1291 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1245 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1238 Referred to Senate Appropriations

HB21-1253 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:24:04 PM  
The committee came
to order.  Senators Rankin and Winter, co-prime bill sponsors, introduced
House Bill 21-1253, concerning renewable and clean energy project grants.
 The bill transfers $5.0 million from the General Fund to the Local
Government Severance Tax Fund for the Department of Local Government to
provide renewable and clean energy project grants.
02:26:33 PM  
Bruce Eisenhauer,
representing the Department of Local Affairs, testified in support of the
bill.  Ms. Brandy DeLange, representing self, testified in support
of the bill.
02:30:20 PM  
The sponsors gave concluding remarks.


02:32:23 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1253 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Winter
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Hisey Excused
Scott Yes
Zenzinger Excused
Pettersen Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1291 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:33:40 PM  
Senator Winter, prime
bill sponsor, introduced House Bill 21-1291 to the committee.  The
bill allows an agent of an insurer to obtain a salvage or nonrepairable
title for a vehicle that has been declared a total loss when the owner
fails to cooperate, as is currently allowed for an insurer.


02:35:39 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1291 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Hisey Excused
Scott Yes
Zenzinger Excused
Pettersen Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1245 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:38:54 PM  
Senators Ginal and
Hisey, co-prime bill sponsors, introduced House Bill 21-1245 to the committee.
 The bill clarifies that railroad crossing safety provisions related
to trains also apply to non-train equipment that operates on railroad tracks.
 Public comment on this bill can be found in Attachment A.
02:40:30 PM  
Jeff Seamen, representing BNSF, testified in support of the bill.
02:42:22 PM  
Senator Ginal gave concluding remarks.


02:43:20 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1245 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Hisey Excused
Scott Yes
Zenzinger Excused
Pettersen Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



02:43:24 PM
The committee took a brief recess.



HB21-1238 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:45:08 PM  
The committee reconvened.
02:46:03 PM  
Senator Hansen, prime
bill sponsor, introduced House Bill 21-1238 to the committee.  This
bill updates the methods used to determine cost-effectiveness and other
requirements of demand-side management programs implemented by gas utilities.
Public comment on this bill can be found in Attachment B.  

02:47:30 PM  
Rob Leivo, representing
Atmos Energy Corporation, testified to amend the bill.  Nick Mark,
representing Xcel Energy, testified to amend the bill.
02:54:23 PM  
Richard Orf, representing
Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in opposition to
the bill.  Mr. Orf responded to questions from the committee.
02:57:18 PM  
Keith Hay, representing
Colorado Energy Office, testified in support of the bill. Dr.  Howard
Geller, representing Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), testified
in support of the bill.  Professor Ramesh Bhatt, representing Sierra
Club, testified in support of the bill.
03:06:01 PM  
Ron Bennett, representing
350 Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  Gwen Farnsworth,
representing Western Resource Advocates, testified in support of the bill.
 Jan Rose, representing CCLC, testified in support of the bill.
03:15:07 PM  
Former Senator Gail
Schwartz , representing self, testified in support of the bill.  Patricia
Rothwell, representing EEBC (Energy Efficiency Business Coalition), testified
in support of the bill.
03:22:51 PM  
Laurent Meillon,
representing Capitol Solar Energy, testified in support of the bill.  Dr.
Chuck Kutscher, representing self, testified in support of the bill.
03:29:03 PM  
Senator Hansen gave
concluding remarks.


03:30:09 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1238 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Coram No
Donovan Yes
Hisey No
Scott No
Zenzinger Yes
Pettersen Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:30:20 PM   The committee adjourned.






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